Board of Directors 2017-07-17T15:27:03+00:00

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors keep Innovation Guelph on track to success
Suzanne Bone - Board Chair
Suzanne Bone - Board ChairPresident & CEO, The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
Suzanne Bone is CEO and President of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, and was a Guelph Chamber of Commerce board member when Innovation Guelph launched in 2010. Ms. Bone joined the Foundation following a placement at Guelph General Hospital as part of her Masters in Health Administration in 1991, and since that time has directed fundraising activities for the organization that have raised more than $42 million. She is a certified fundraising executive, and the 19th Canadian to hold the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Fellows designation. An active and dedicated volunteer, she brings more than 20 years experience in the Guelph community working with individuals, organizations, business and community leaders, with particular expertise in fundraising and governance. Ms. Bone is also a Guelph YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Public Service category.
Carol Hunter - Vice Chair
Carol Hunter - Vice ChairBoard Director; Governance Expert; Strategic Leader
Carol Hunter is an executive leader with more than 15 years experience managing and governing all aspects of organizations. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Corporate Affairs at The Co-operators, and currently serves on the board of Meridian Credit Union, Ontario’s largest credit union, and the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. Hunter was previously Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association, and contributed to the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Community Wellbeing, and the College of Business and Economics Advisory Council at the University of Guelph. She masterfully balances long-term aspirational goals of organizations with everyday execution, and has a deep understanding of corporate citizenship and social responsibility. Hunter is a Chartered Director and the 2016 recipient of the Director’s College Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award for the top graduating student.
J. Paul Haynes
J. Paul HaynesCEO eSentire Inc.
J. Paul Haynes serves as Chief Executive Officer at Cambridge Ontario-based eSentire,Inc., the leader in Active Threat Protection services for mid-sized enterprises. Prior to eSentire he spent two decades starting financing and selling a number of enterprise software businesses in energy government healthcare and engineering sectors. J. Paul is a professional engineer and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering from the University of Guelph.
Kirk Roberts
Kirk Roberts Principal, Tyrcathlen Partners
Kirk Roberts is a principal of Tyrcathlen Partners specializing in the redevelopment and adaptive re-use of urban heritage properties. His 30-year career spans the non-profit and corporate sectors. In 2010 he helped found Innovation Guelph. From 1996 to 2010 he served as a division president and corporate executive vice president at Open Text Corporation. In 1987 he founded and subsequently served as the chief executive of one of Canada’s first on-line services and social enterprises providing services to nonprofit.
Erin Skimson
Erin SkimsonDirector, Intelligent Transportation Systems Product Marketing at Miovision Technologies
Erin Skimson is the Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Product Marketing at Miovision Technologies. She has a strong background in management, technology marketing, and business development having served for over 10 years in various management roles at Stryker Canada LP and Serono. Prior to joining Miovision, Erin spent five years as the Director of the Catalyst Centre, University of Guelph’s commercialization office. She holds a B.Sc. in Health Education from Dalhousie University and an MBA from McMaster University. Erin is an alumna of the Guelph/Wellington Community Leadership program and currently serves on the Innovation Guelph Board of Directors.
Mark Stoddart
Mark StoddartChief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Linamar
Mark Stoddart joined Linamar Corporation in November 1985 working as a general machinist in the then newly opened Hastech Manufacturing facility. Since July of 2003 he has headed up the marketing and product development activities for the Company, and today holds the role of Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He brings to this position his background in business and twenty years’ experience with Linamar and the automotive industry. He has also been a member of Linamar’s Board of Directors since 1999.
Daniel Atlin
Daniel AtlinVice President, External
Daniel Atlin is an accomplished senior leader with a proven track record for finding solutions and designing innovative plans and strategies in the public, private and cooperative sectors – the last seven years in post-secondary academic institutions. Earlier this year, Mr. Atlin joined the University of Guelph as Vice President, External. Previously he was Seneca College’s Vice President, Strategy and College Affairs, a position he held since October 2009. Mr. Atlin brings expertise in strategic planning, public affairs, and community and corporate relations to Innovation Guelph.
Dave McEllistrum
Dave McEllistrum
Previously managing partner at RLB LLP, Dave McEllistrum has provided strategic accounting and business counsel that helps businesses strengthen organizational structure, engage stakeholders and measure impact. In his time with RLB, he has helped grow the company from 40 to 100 people, improving performance metrics every year – ultimately leading RLB to be named on of the Top 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada and the top 30 accounting firms in Canada. His interest in innovative and business development has led Mr. McEllistrum to shift his focus at RLB – he is currently develop a new business unit for the firm. Mr. McEllistrum is also a successful entrepreneur who founded and has led an IT integration company from startup to continuous profitability.
Bob Campagnolo
Bob CampagnoloDirector, SAP Labs Canada
Bob Campagnolo has spent the past three decades in the high-tech industry. He is currently a director in the Emerging Technologies organization at SAP Labs Canada, located in Waterloo Ontario. SAP is the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software. Since 2013, Mr. Campagnolo’s focus has been on business development in the local ecosystem with large and small enterprises, academia and startups, a role which draws upon his local and international experience in numerous functional areas and industries.
Frank Valeriote
Frank ValerioteSenior Counsel at Smith Valeriote LLP
A life-long Guelph resident, Frank Valeriote is a lawyer and community leader who most recently served for 7 years as the Member of Parliament for Guelph. Active in the community for more than 35 years, he is a past board member and chair of the Guelph Wellington Business Enterprise Centre, past board member of Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, and helped to usher in Onward Willow, one of Guelph’s vital social programs. Valeriote also participated in former mayor Karen Farbridge’s Task Force on the Economy, setting the stage for the creation of Innovation Guelph and other local initiatives. He is currently senior counsel at SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP specializing in the area of business and corporate law, wills and estates, and real estate, and has returned to several local boards and committees including the Skyline Commercial REIT and the Guelph Community Foundation.
Quintin Fox
Quintin FoxDirector of Training Development and Capacity Resourcing, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative
Quintin Fox is the Director of Training Development and Capacity Resourcing at Gay Lea Foods Co-operative. Gay Lea Foods Co-operative is a leading dairy processor with 35% of Ontario dairy farmers as member-owners and over $700 million in sales with over 900 employees working out of 12 sites across Ontario. Quintin works with the Human Resources and Member Relations departments to develop training and development programs to meet the needs of members, delegates, directors and employees.
Phil Wheeler
Phil WheelerSenior Commercial Relationship Manager, Meridian Credit Union
Phil Wheeler is a Senior Commercial Relationship Manager with Meridian Credit Union. Upon graduating from DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University he joined Meridian in the retail branch spending time as a financial advisor prior to transitioning to commercial lending. Phil brings experience in financial analytics, reviews and execution of business, marketing and sales plans. An active volunteer, Phil is involved with various not-for profits, notably a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.